Thomas Ultican

I am joining with other like minded educators to stop the destruction of the World’s greatest public education system which has suffered serious damage by “philanthropists” over the last three plus decades. The push to end democratic control of local schools is a push toward plutocracy.

I taught high school physics and mathematics in a school with more the 50% EL’s and 75% Title 1 students.

In 1999, I got tired of doing research in Silicon Valley and decided to teach. I love technology and have used it to enhance my teaching, but isolating kids at screen doing worksheet style exercises is destructive of creativity, authentic learning and social growth. That style of education technology is just profiteering.

Teaching is the hardest job I ever had and I liked it!

3 Responses to “Thomas Ultican”

  1. anduhayoung@gmail.com March 18, 2017 at 12:39 am #

    Thank you for helping me smile! NGSS are unintelligible! I am a retiring Az Chemistry/Physics teacher who actually wants to teach 3rd and 4th grade math/science.

    I was attempting to sort out how do I make this happen in my current 8th grade class and was getting ill thinking I had become too old. I am reassured now.

    Those thing would terrify any poor parent wanting to understand what is being taught.

    My administrators keep telling me to dumb it down and follow it all at the same time which is not possible.

    The 8th grade math teachers are mad at me “for stealing their thunder”. I try to explain math is one of many languages (equations, graphs and charts, word descriptions, images, 3d models) and modeling methods and I MUST use it ready or not!

    meanwhile my very deeply christian students of my current 8th grade class are really pissed off by ALL THE EVOLUTION. I don’t need to die to know hell!

    The math teacher is pissed because i need to teach the math to make the models.

    No one understands the damned standards, I am not faking it, so my integrity burns as everyone blow smoke up each others rear parts. I look like I don’t know what I am doing.
    “DEFINED STEM” IS NO WHERE CLOSE TO BEING AN ALL INCLUSIVE one stop shop. and it is not easy, done, realistic, and it just slick marketing. Many STEM NGSS products on the market are also facades. PHET being the exception. (and they don’t charge figure that?)

    Math and science are the coolest stuff ever. Pure joy! and this new endless testing and top down operation are stealing my life joy from me!

    Thank you for helping me feel less alone.

  2. Pierian Spring June 4, 2018 at 3:17 am #

    You remind me of this anti-privatization crusader in Philadelphia— exhaustive research on the entangling alliances between business and school boards and privatization organizations – do you know her work?
    http://wrenchinthegears.com/2018/06/01/making-childhood-pay-arthur-rolnick-steven-rothschild-and-readynation/

    • tultican June 4, 2018 at 3:59 am #

      I know her through the internet and we have exchanged messages from time to time. We have never met face to face.

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